The judges in the courtroom during the Hostage Case. From left to right are Edward F. Carter, Charles F. Wennerstrum, and George J. Burke.
US Holocaust Memorial Museum
In this trial, 12 members of the German Armed Forces were accused of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Greece, Yugoslavia, and Albania. The charges against them included plundering and looting property, destruction of cities, towns, and villages, violating the rights of prisoners of war, and participating in murder and torture. Defendant Franz Böheme committed suicide before the end of the trial. Defendant Maximillian von Weichs was released due to physical disability. The tribunal found eight of the remaining defendants guilty on at least one count. It sentenced two of them to prison for life, and the other six to prison terms ranging from seven to twenty years.